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B: Tell us your name and where you live.
My name is ---, I live in ...... City in ...... prefecture. It's about two hours from here by train.
A: I'm going to ask you some questions about Japan.
Yes, please.
A: How is the climate like in winter in southern island Okinawa and northern Hokkaido?

Well, the climate in Okinawa is mild even in winter. Temperature seldom goes down below 10 degree C. In fact I’d lived in Okinawa for two and half years and I like the weather over there very much. On the other hand, in Hokkaido, it gets very cold as low as below freezing point. Though temperature is low, it has its appeal. It is snow. They have very good snow; I mean powder snow, for skiing in Hokkaido. If you like skiing, I’m sure you’d like there.
A: What are the features of Okinawa compared with other part of Japan, aside the climate?

Let me see. Okinawa was not the part of Japan until early 17 century. It was an independent country before then. So they have quite different culture compared to that of mainland Honshu and others such as unique or unusual songs, sorry for Okinawans, and dialect. (Unusualと言って、しまったと思ったので、沖縄の人ご免なさいと言ったつもり。 後で思えば全く不必要。やはり何処か上がっている所があった)
A: What is the difference between shrines and temples?

Shrines are the place where Shinto is practiced and temples are for Buddhism.
At the gate of Shinto shrine there is Torii. It is made from two tall palls, as tall as 5 to 10 meters connected at the top by two crossbars. It wards off the evil spirits. Buddhist temple does not have such a gate.
A: What kind of letters do you have to describe Japanese?

We have three characters. First we introduced Chinese character from China through Korea in ancient time. Then we developed Hiragana, round letters, by modifying Chinese character and then Katakana, rectangular letters (上がっていたせいか、squareという簡単な単語が出て来なかった。)
With these three characters we can describe Japanese very well.
A: Final question from me. What kind of fish do you catch around Japan?

Well, first, tuna yellowtail, mackerel, horse mackerel, flat fish. We have all kind of fish around Japan.
部屋の前に案内されて、すぐに「はいどうぞ」と言われたので時計を見るのを忘れてしまったので、何分かかったのか把握できていない。 非常に短く感じた。

 

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